Trump earns endorsement of 88 retired generals, admirals
Nick Gass, Politico, Sep 6 2016
Donald Trump earned the endorsement of 88 retired generals and admirals in an open letter released Tuesday, as the Republican nominee looks to solidify support in the military community against Hillary Clinton in November. The Republican nominee’s campaign unveiled the letter, organized by Maj-Gen (Retd) Sidney Shachnow, a 40-year Army veteran and Holocaust survivor, and Rear Adm (Retd) Charles Williams, ahead of a speech on veterans affairs in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Shachnow declared that Trump “has the temperament to commander-in-chief,” while Williams called the Republican nominee “more trusted” than Clinton. In the letter, the retired military leaders warned of the “potentially extremely perilous” combination of budget cuts and policy choices will “emboldened” enemies of the country as a result of those actions. They wrote in the letter:
That is especially the case if our government persists in the practices that have brought us to this present pass. For this reason, we support Donald Trump and his commitment to rebuild our military, to secure our borders, to defeat our Islamic supremacist adversaries and restore law and order domestically. We urge our fellow Pindosis to do the same.
Trump called the endorsements a “great honor” in a statement released by the campaign. He said:
I thank each of them for their service and their confidence in me to serve as commander-in-chief. Keeping our nation safe and leading our armed forces is the most important responsibility of the presidency. Under my administration, we will end the weak foreign policy of the last eight years, rebuild our military, give our troops clear rules of engagement and take care of our veterans when they come home. We can only Make America Great Again if we ensure our military remains the finest fighting force in the world, and that’s exactly what I will do as president.
Clinton touts 95 major military endorsements
Rebecca Savransky, The Hill, Sep 7 2016
Ninety-five retired generals and admirals have endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, the campaign announced Wednesday. The announcement comes as the presidential campaign shines a spotlight on the military and veterans. Both Clinton and Trump are participating tonight in NBC’s Commander-in-Chief Forum, which will focus on military issues. The Clinton campaign’s list includes a number of four-star generals, including Gen Lloyd Newton, who announced Wednesday he was backing Clinton, calling her the best qualified candidate in a statement. He said:
Growing up in South Carolina, respect for individual liberties and the right for every person to vote was taught to me at an early age and it is of the utmost importance to me today. These fundamental rights are why I served and care so deeply about our great nation. Given the challenges we face around the world today, and the rhetoric we are hearing from some at home, I feel I have a moral imperative to come forth and endorse Secretary Hillary Clinton for President. My decision to endorse Clinton is not about party but about who is best qualified to lead the country in this complex world we live in. Hillary Clinton is the only candidate that has the experience, temperament, critical thinking and level-headed leadership to keep Pindostan safe and our partnerships strong. She has my vote in November.
On Tuesday, a group of 88 retired military figures released a message in support of Trump. The group called the GOP nominee the leader to deal with “burgeoning threats” facing the country.